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LeBron James Criticized For O.J. Simpson Costume (Photos)

| by Jordan Smith

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James came under criticism after posting a picture of his friend at a Halloween party dressed as O.J. Simpson.

James posted the photo of Brandon Weems, the Cavaliers’ scout, dressed up as Simpson in a football uniform, the Spun reported.

Weems also wore Isotoner gloves, which played a prominent role in the murder trial of Simpson, a former NFL player, in the 1990s.

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James’ post provoked several critical comments from people pointing to Simpson’s history of domestic abuse and crime.

The NBA star was not the only one under fire over Halloween costumes this year.

Hilary Duff made an apology on Twitter on Oct. 30 after attending an event with Jason Walsh, her boyfriend, dressed as a pilgrim. He wore a headdress and face paint to look like a Native American “chief.”

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“I am so sorry to people I offended with my costume,” Duff wrote on Twitter, reports Entertainment Weekly. “It was not properly thought through and I am truly from the bottom of my [heart] sorry.”

Duff and her boyfriend wore the costumes to a party in Beverly Hills, California, on Oct. 27.

Critics on Twitter thought the costume was especially insensitive in the context of the ongoing Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Opponents of the pipeline say it will destroy sacred Indian sites and damage the environment.

“Every time you see a costume like this, donate to support the #NoDAPL protesters,” wrote one.

“No [Hilary Duff] traditional dress is not a costume and you being dressed as a pilgrim proves to me how insensitive and ignorant you are,” wrote another.

Walsh apologized on Instagram. He wrote he meant “no disrespect” and that in hindsight he should not have worn the costume, CTV reported.

Sources: The Spun, Entertainment Weekly, CTV / Photo credit: Gerald Johnson/Wikimedia Commons, LeBron James/Instagram, Casamigos/Instagram via CTV

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